London Film Festival 2015

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Dheepan Dheepan
Dheepan and James White
Ayanda (Country: South Africa; Year: 2015; Director: Sara Blecher; Writer: Trish Malone; Stars: Jafta Mamabolo, Fulu Moguvhani, Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, O.C. Ukeje)
A young Johannesburg woman inherits a struggling garage and sets about transforming it into a business that reflects the city’s new, youthful and hip environment.
A Bigger Splash (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2015; Director: Luca Guadagnino; Writer: David Kajganich, based on the story by Alain Page; Stars: Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson, Aurore Clément, Corrado Guzzanti, Lily McMenamy, Elena Bucci)
A rock star's holiday is interrupted by the arrival of her old flame and his daughter.
Box (Country: Romania, Germany, France; Year: 2015; Director: Florin Serban; Writer: Florin Serban; Stars: Claudia Ardelean, Orlando Chirvase, Derszi Deszo, Attila Diószegi, Narcis Romulus Dobrin, Maria Fekete, Gyöngyi Ferenczi, Maglina Filimon, Ion Fiscuteanu Jr., Rafael Florea, Oltin Hurezeanu, Uto Bence Konya, Veress Lazlo, Sorin Leoveanu, Sebastian Marina)
Drama follows a talented 19-year-old boxer named Rafael, for whom a session in the ring is everything, and Cristina, an attractive, 30-something mother who finds herself at a critical moment in her life.
Couple In A Hole (Country: UK, Belgium, France; Year: 2015; Director: Tom Geens; Writer: Tom Geens; Stars: Paul Higgins, Kate Dickie, Jérôme Kircher, Corinne Masiero)
A Scottish couple ends up living like savages in a hole in the middle of a vast forest.
Critical Spaces Need Affection (Kritische Räume Brauchen Zuneigung) (Country: Austria; Year: 2014; Director: Miriam Bajtala; Writer: Miriam Bajtala)
Experimental short.
I Am Belfast I Am Belfast
I Am Belfast and Our Little Sister
Dheepan (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Jacques Audiard; Writer: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré; Stars: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Franck Falise, Vincent Rottiers, Marc Zinga, Claudine Vinasithamby)
The story of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.
Fifty (Country: Nigeria; Year: 2015; Director: Biyi Bandele; Writer: Bola Agbaje, Kemi Adesoye, Biyi Bandele; Stars: Ireti Doyle, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Dakore Egbuson, Omoni Oboli)
Exploration of love and lust, power and rivalry for four women in Lagos.
Gayby Baby (Country: Australia; Year: 2015; Director: Maya Newell)
Four children describe their lives with same-sex parents.
Hand Gestures (Il gesto delle mani) (Country: Italy; Year: 2015; Director: Francesco Clerici; Writer: Francesco Clerici, Martina De Santis; Stars: Elia Alunni Tullini, Nicolae Ciortan, Mario Conti, Luigi Contino, Simion Marius Costel, Ilaria Cuccagna, Lino de Ponti, Tommaso Rossi, Caled Saad, Velasco Vitali)
Documentary charts the work within a Milanese bronze sculpture factory.
Heart Of A Dog (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Laurie Anderson; Writer: Laurie Anderson)
Personal essay film concerning themes of love death and language.
Sweet Bean Sweet Bean
Sweet Bean and Valley Of Love
Hitchcock/Truffaut (Country: France, US; Year: 2015; Director: Kent Jones; Writer: Kent Jones, Serge Toubiana; Stars: Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich, Arnaud Desplechin, David Fincher, James Gray, Alfred Hitchcock, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Richard Linklater, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese, François Truffaut)
Filmmakers talk about the influence of Truffaut's book Cinema According To Hitchcock.
Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words (Country: Sweden; Year: 2015; Director: Stig Björkman; Stars: Ingrid Bergman)
A documentary about the private life of Ingrid Bergman, told through her letters and diaries.
In The Room (Country: Singapore; Year: 2015; Director: Eric Khoo; Writer: Jonathon Lim; Stars: Josie Ho, George Young, Shô Nishino, Kkobbi Kim, Gillian Tan, Lawrence Wong, Choi Woo-Shik, Boon Pin Koh, Daniel Jenkins, Aeaw)
A tapestry of stories, all of which unfold in a hotel room over several decades. The common thread is sex.
I Am Belfast (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: Mark Cousins; Writer: Mark Cousins; Stars: Richard Buick, Simon Millar, Shane McCaffrey, Helena Bereen, Felicity McKee)
A cinematic essay about the city.
James White (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Josh Mond; Writer: Josh Mond; Stars: Chris Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh, David Call)
A young New Yorker struggles to take control of his reckless, self-destructive behaviour in the face of momentous family challenges.
My Golden Days My Golden Days
My Golden Days and Couple In A Hole
Jealousy (Varieté, Variety) (Country: Germany; Year: 1925; Director: Ewald André Dupont; Writer: Felix Hollaender, Ewald André Dupont; Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Lya De Putti, Warwick Ward, Alice Hechy, Georg John, Kurt Gerron, Paul Rehkopf, Charles Lincoln, Georg Baselt, Trude Hesterberg, Werner Krauss, Codonas The Flying, Alex Hyde and his Original New York Jazz Orchestra, Enrico Rastelli)
One woman... two men.
Kiss Me Kate (Country: US; Year: 1953; Director: George Sidney; Writer: Dorothy Kingsley, Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack, William Shakespeare; Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Bobby Van, Tommy Rall, James Whitmore, Kurt Kasznar, Bob Fosse, Ron Randell, Willard Parker, Dave O'Brien, Claud Allister, Ann Codee, Carol Haney)
Restored 3D version of Cole Porter's musical, based on The Taming Of The Shrew.
Legacy (El Legado) (Country: Germany, Chile; Year: 2015; Director: Roberto Anjari-Rossi; Writer: Roberto Anjari-Rossi)
Documentary portrait of two women in rural Chile, between magic spells and mechanics.
My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse, My Golden Years) (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Arnaud Desplechin; Writer: Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr; Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Quentin Dolmaire, Léonard Matton)
Part prequel to My Sex Life. Paul remembers his youth and the consequences of true love.
My Love, Don't Cross That River (Country: South Korea; Year: 2014; Director: Jin Mo-young)
Exploration of a 76-year marriage.
Virgin Mountain Virgin Mountain
Virgin Mountain and Truman
My Skinny Sister (Min lilla syster) (Country: Sweden, Germany; Year: 2015; Director: Sanna Lenken; Writer: Sanna Lenken; Stars: Maxim Mehmet, Henrik Norlén, Annika Hallin, Amy Diamond, Bahador Foladi, Amy Deasismont, Emelie Strömberg, Rebecka Josephson, Karin de Frumerie, Ellen Lindbom, Åsa Janson, Elisabeth Callejas, Julia Marko-Nord, Noam Asseraf, Hugo Wijk)
For Stella, her big sister Katja is beautiful and a divine figure skater. When Stella realises that Katja throws up nearly everything she eats, she is forced to choose between her concern for her loyalty. At the same time she has her own private worries to deal with.
Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (Country: Japan; Year: 2015; Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda; Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda, based on the manga by Akimi Yoshida; Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Ryô Kase, Ryôhei Suzuki)
Three sisters take their 15-year-old half sister into their home and hearts.
The Romantic Exiles (Los exiliados románticos) (Country: Spain; Year: 2015; Director: Jonás Trueba; Writer: Jonás Trueba; Stars: Renata Antonante, Francesco Carril, Vahina Giocante, Miren Iza, Luis E. Parés, Vito Sanz, Isabelle Stoffel)
Road movie.
Sweet Bean (An, Sweet Red Bean Paste) (Country: Japan; Year: 2015; Director: Naomi Kawase; Writer: Naomi Kawase, based on the book by Durian Sakegawa; Stars: Kirin Kiki, Miki Mizuno, Masatoshi Nagase, Etsuko Ichihara)
A baker forms a bond with an elderly woman over their love of pastry.
A Tale Of Three Cities (San cheng ji) (Country: China; Year: 2015; Director: Mabel Cheung; Writer: Mabel Cheung, Alex Law; Stars: Boran Jing, Miroslav Karel, Ching Wan Lau, Hailu Qin, Wei Tang)
Love story, based on the lives of Jackie Chan's parents.
A Bigger Splash A Bigger Splash
A Bigger Splash and Hitchcock/Truffaut
Thirst (Jajda) (Country: Bulgaria; Year: 2015; Director: Svetla Tsotsorkova; Writer: Svetoslav Ovcharov, Svetla Tsotsorkova, Ventsislav Vasilev; Stars: Monika Naydenova, Alexander Benev, Svetlana Yancheva)
A couple and their teenage son eke out a living on a hilltop, doing the laundry for local hotels, despite the intermittent water supply. Their simple life is overturned by the arrival of a father-and-daughter team of diviner and well-digger.
Truman (Country: Spain, Argentina; Year: 2015; Director: Cesc Gay; Writer: Tomàs Aragay, Cesc Gay; Stars: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi, Eduard Fernández, Àlex Brendemühl, Pedro Casablanc, José Luis Gómez, Javier Gutiérrez, Elvira Mínguez, Oriol Pla, Nathalie Poza, Àgata Roca, Susi Sánchez, Francesc Orella, Ana Gracia)
A terminally ill man spends four days with an old friend.
Valley Of Love (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Guillaume Nicloux; Writer: Guillaume Nicloux; Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert)
Two estranged parents are brought together by a request from their son who committed suicide.
Viaje (Country: Costa Rica; Year: 2015; Director: Paz Fábrega; Writer: Paz Fábrega)
After meeting at a party, Luciana and Pedro spark up a spontaneous rendezvous when Luciana accompanies Pedro to a national forest on a work trip. Eschewing the fraudulent nature of traditional relationships, the pair explores the beauty in the nature that surrounds them as they indulge in the passions of their encounter and navigate the various meanings of commitment.
Virgin Mountain (Fúsi) (Country: Iceland; Year: 2015; Director: Dagur Kári; Writer: Dagur Kári; Stars: Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Franziska Una Dagsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson, Thorir Sæmundsson, Þorsteinn Gunnarsson, Friðrik Friðriksson, Walter Grímsson, Halldór Halldórsson, Ingunn Jensdóttir, Sigurður Karlsson, Zlatko Krickic, Þórunn Magnea Magnúsdóttir)
A fortysomething man, who still lives at home finds a surprising catalyst for change at a line-dancing class.

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